Fifty years ago, the Criminal Justice Act took effect. It was a piece of legislation that Robert F. Kennedy proudly noted as one of his public service legacies. Among its provisions was one assuring that people charged with federal crime who couldn't afford an attorney could get legal representation.
Today, there are some who say that even as we mark the anniversary of that law, the issue of lack of access to adequate representation remains a significant problem. One of the latest to make the case is RFK's daughter, Kerry.